I know I have shocked you again with my title, but wait, give it a read before you arbitrarily dismiss it. Here is the thing, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution limits a President to no more than two full terms or finishing the majority of a term and a second full term, he may finish the minority of a term (less than two years) and still serve two full terms, but that hasn’t happened ever. In fact, since the passage of the 22nd Amendment to limit the power a President can possess, thanks to a dictatorial FDR through four elections and 3 and a bit terms, no President has even considered a third term. But what if we were to repeal the 22nd Amendment?
I am not saying that the current President is already looking for a third term. What I am saying is that at least one Congressman is seeking to find a way to get the President into office for another term. In fact if you don’t believe me you can go Here and read about H.J. Res 15, introduced by Rep. José Serrano (D-NY15), to repeal the 22nd Amendment. No this is not a joke, this is legislation that was presented on the first day of the 113th Congress’ initial session.
Now let’s face it, it died in committee last year when he presented it and it will die in committee this year and next year and any year where the Republican party holds the house. Nor is it likely to get anywhere in the future because of the rules needed to change what Justice Bader-Ginsberg called an antiquated document. Thank God for that otherwise it would be all too simple to change it on a whim or add all kinds of crazy crap to the Constitution.
Article V of the Constitution stipulates that: The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.
So there it is, a yes vote from 2/3 of both houses and ratification by 37.5 states, 38 states really. So repealing pretty much any Amendment is probably never going to happen. I also did the research and it has come up over 20 times since the adoption of the Amendment in 1951 and never once had been taken seriously, but why would anyone seek to give a President unlimited potential for power the way FDR wielded it like a club? It just doesn’t make sense with the checks and balances we have put together to start throwing some out the window.
I find it interesting how this one Amendment can be such a lightning rod for kooks, but the 2nd Amendment is outdated, the 1st Amendment only applies to those who agree with you (generic you used for anyone who has tried to silence those who disagree with them by calling it intolerance, hate speech, violent rhetoric, etc.) and the other Amendments are ignored at will until the come up in Federal courts. Well at least the Constitution is whole for now.